Primary Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Published: 21 June 2017 by Haver Street Press
Page count: 262 (8:36 hours)
My Format: Audiobook via Hoopla
Would I recommend it: Sure
Commission Link: Buy Remedial Rocket Science
My rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis from Goodreads
Rocket science is no problem. Falling in love, on the other hand…
College student Melody Gage is craving a night of no-strings fun when she meets charming out-of-towner Jeremy, and that’s exactly what she gets. Until three years later, when Melody relocates to Los Angeles and finds herself thrust back into Jeremy’s orbit.
Not only does her hunky one-night stand work at the same aerospace company where she’s just started her dream job, he’s the CEO’s son. Jeremy’s got a girlfriend and a reputation as a bad boy, so Melody resolves to keep her distance. Despite her good intentions, a series of awkward circumstances—including an embarrassing crying jag, a latte vs. computer catastrophe, and an emergency fake date—throw her together with the heavenly-smelling paragon of hotness.
As the billionaire playboy and nerdy IT girl forge an unlikely friendship, Melody’s attraction to Jeremy grows deeper than she’s ready to admit. Will she risk it all for a shot at her happy ending?
What? A STEM contemporary romance? Yes, please! Here are my pros and cons for Remedial Rocket Science:
- I think just about every chick lit trope and stereotype was used in this book. Every. Single. One. And somehow, I still really enjoyed the book! This isn’t literary fiction, you won’t have an epiphany on the meaning of life after reading this book, and it probably won’t even crack your Top 100 books list. However, I think you will enjoy it. It is just a cute, easy, and fun book to read.
- I love the incorporation of STEM into books in any manner. Technically STEM has been used in romance stories for a long time – the nerdy girl hooking up with the hot guy is a well-used trope. While this book does feature a heroine that is super smart and in a STEM field, that wasn’t the overall focus of the story. You won’t find much technical discussion in this book, but I appreciated that a STEM field was at least somewhat incorporated into the story.
- The title is awesome!
- Even though stereotype heavy, I felt like the characterizations were pretty realistic. I definitely connected to Melody. While I never met any billionaire playboys in my life (bummer – haha!), I have had some similar situations in my life… so Melody felt pretty realistic to me.
- There are no mean girls in this book! That is the one anti-trope thing the book did that I absolutely, positively loved! There were no games, no backstabbing, no sabotaging, and no hatefulness! It was so shocking that it wasn’t included (I’ve come to expect it in books sadly) that its absence was noticeable. THANK YOU for not including mean girls!
- The relationship between Melody and Jeremy was realistic and I loved how they became friends before venturing into something more.
- Since this book series is described as “rom-coms featuring geeky heroines who work in STEM fields” I was expecting a little more incorporation of STEM topics. I appreciate the fact it was included at all, as I mentioned above, but more would have been even better.
- I’m not sure I’d classify this as a romantic comedy because I don’t think I laughed once. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book, but something described as a “comedy” should make me at least chuckle a bit, right?
I enjoyed this debut novel. This book is the first installment of the Chemistry Lessons series by the author. The other books include Intermediate Thermodynamics (2017), Advanced Physical Chemistry (2018), Applied Electromagnetism (2019), and Experimental Marine Biology (expected June 2020). Each book in the series is a stand-alone and features a woman in a STEM field.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes quick, satisfying, contemporary romance novels. Although trope heavy, it is a cute and fast read.
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